Somerset is a large county of some one thousand six-hundred square miles, encompassing a range of stunning scenery and historic towns, rolling hills, low-lying plains, and sandy beaches. Four designated areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB); the Mendips, Quantocks, and Blackdown hills, as well as Cranbourne Chase, all fall either wholly or partly within its borders, as well as most of Exmoor National Park. With historic Bath in the North, bustling Yeovil in the south, the seaside towns of Minehead and Weston-Super-Mare on the coast, and must-see sights like Glastonbury Tor, Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole, Wells Cathedral, Dunster Castle, and the ancient Tarr Steps, there is something for everyone to see and do in Somerset. With such a diverse and varied landscape, you won’t be surprised to learn that accommodation in Somerset is also varied, with something to suit every weary traveller.
When you want to make the most of your time and travel light, nothing beats a hotel for taking on the boring day-to-day jobs and leaving you free to enjoy your holiday. No need to cook meals or wash up afterwards, no bed making or cleaning either.
You might check into the Grade II listed Bailbrook House in order to make the most of a visit Bath, or maybe the historic four-star Castle Hotel in Taunton for a centrally located base, or perhaps you need a really relaxing break at somewhere like the Webbington Hotel & Spa on the edge of the Mendips.
Bed and Breakfast
What could be better, when on holiday, than to get yourself set up with a really good breakfast in the morning, have your pick of places to dine out in the evening, and still have the benefits of a comfy hotel bed at night? Whether you’re visiting the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Ilchester, walking in the hills, or just taking the family for a beach holiday, you can be assured of a warm welcome and a hot breakfast wherever you stay.
Of course, for some, private holiday accommodation is the preferred option. It may be a desire for privacy, or perhaps a practical budgeting choice. It may even be that you love cooking, and creating culinary masterpieces is a part of your holiday. Whatever the reason, there are plenty of wonderful homes to choose from ranging from quaint thatched cottages, log cabins, or barn conversions, to luxurious Edwardian villas, a huge farm complex, or even a castle perched on a hill.
Camping and Glamping
With some of the most stunning and picturesque countryside Britain has to offer, no look at accommodation in Somerset would be complete without considering sleeping in the great outdoors. Camping has, of course, long been an integral part of the Glastonbury Festival which takes place at Worthy Farm in the Heart of Somerset every summer; but you don’t have to wallow knee deep in mud (unless that appeals to you) to go camping in Somerset. Pre-pitched tents, glamping cabins, shepherd’s huts, yurts, and more await your arrival, offering great facilities. Or there are caravan sites if you are bringing your holiday accommodation with you.
When it comes to accommodation in Somerset, however large or small your party might be, whatever your destination, and whatever level of comfort you desire; you’re bound to find a friendly welcome, and a good night’s sleep in this amazing county. Sweet dreams.